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Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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Mormon Battalion Historic Site

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pianogirl66 wrote a review Sep 18
San Diego, CA38 contributions7 helpful votes
There are free tours every day of the week and the parking lot is also free. You learn a lot about San Diego history and everyone can have fun with various activities like panning for gold, getting an old time photo taken, going on an interactive tour, and enjoyable games.
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Date of experience: October 2019
Rich wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California551 contributions34 helpful votes
Very nice presentation. You go room-to-room in about four rooms, and see several quick movies, making one story, about the history of the Mormon Battalion. It is a really well done presentation that lasts about 20 minutes. No religion pushed on you. Worth the visit!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Rick Miller wrote a review Mar 2020
Kennewick, Washington3 contributions1 helpful vote
Thought I was going to learn about a battle since it was about a battalion. The ladies were very nice and the presentation was rather clever. It turned out to be more of the history of the Mormons then anything else. I am ok with anyone/everyone's personal religious beliefs. But I didn't think I was going to a 40 minute seminar on Mormon beliefs. Learned about a battalion that really had no impact on California let alone San Diego(we can debate that later). Not a historical site. I respect the fact that they want to spread their beliefs and in hindsight should have guessed they would have tried. But I think they should at least let you know it is a "historical" and religious experience before you take the tour.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ShirleyBaker55930 wrote a review Feb 2020
Grapevine, Texas63 contributions12 helpful votes
This exhibit is absolutely amazing. It’s free and located in Old Town. It is a guided tour and the hosts are in costumes of that time period. The set up is unique- you are seated in an auditorium and watch a great movie about the battalion- how it came to be, the struggles they went through during the longest march by any battalion in the Mexican American war. They marched from just short of Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego. Then you are taken into rooms where you experience different phases of the journey ending with seeing artifacts from the battalion to having a black and white photo, then you can pan for gold and go to an observation tower and see all of Old Town. It is well worth the time spent!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Brent I wrote a review Feb 2020
Blackfoot, Idaho158 contributions13 helpful votes
The Mormon Battalion exhibit is an informational experience detailing the journey of the early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints who were recruited to march to battle in the war between the United States and Mexico. While never engaging in battle, they were instrumental in building the southern road used by later pioneers to California as well as a northern route. They were instrumental in helping to establish early San Diego. Well worth the 40 minute guided tour/ adventure through the building!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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